Google staff call out treatment of temp workers in ‘historic’ show of solidarity

More than 900 employees sign letter criticizing abrupt firing of contractors, who make up 54% of Google’s workforce

More than 900 Google workers have signed a letter objecting to the tech giant’s treatment of temporary contractors, in what organizers are calling “an historical coalition” between Google’s full-time employees [FTEs] and temps, vendors and contractors [TVCs].

In March, Google abruptly shortened the contracts of 34 temp workers on the “personality” team for Google Assistant – the Alexa-like digital assistant that reads you the weather, manages your calendar, sends a text message, or calls you an Uber through your phone or smart speaker.

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Revealed: Amazon employees are left to suffer after workplace injuries

Amazon made its CEO is the wealthiest person in the world. So why can’t the company care for those injured while working there?

Michelle Quinones, 27, started working at a Fort Worth, Texas, Amazon Fulfillment Center in July 2017 as an order picker, where she spent long hours on overnight shifts in the Amazon warehouse meeting mandatory rates for filling orders.

A few months into the job, Quinones started having carpal tunnel symptoms. She was sent back to work at least ten times from her warehouse’s Amcare clinic, which are put in place to provide Amazon employees with on-site first aid.

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Lyft stalls as shares slip below IPO price on second day of trading

Taxi company’s shares dropped about 12% on Monday, ending the day at $69.03 after selling shares at $72 on Friday

Shares in Lyft, the ridesharing company, stalled on Monday, falling below their initial public offering (IPO) on their second day of trading.

Lyft became the first of a new wave of giant tech companies to go public last Friday, selling shares at $72 a piece. The hotly anticipated sale saw Lyft’s share price leap to $78.89 on the first day of trading.

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Why am I seeing this?: New Facebook tool to demystify news feed

Facebook aims to assure users it’s not spying on them via their phone’s mic for better ads

Facebook is attempting to demystify how its news feed works with a new feature that explains to users how it picks the posts and adverts to show them.

The company hopes the tool could put an end to the widespread conspiracy theory that it targets users by spying on them with their phone’s microphones, by explaining in plain English the most important factors that determine whether and when they see content on the social network.

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Facebook considering hiring editors to pick quality news for users

Mark Zuckerberg also said he is weighing up paying publishers for use of their journalism

Facebook could start employing editors to select “high-quality news” to show to users, in the social network’s latest attempt to lose its reputation as a source for disinformation.

Mark Zuckerberg said he is considering the introduction of a dedicated news section on the social network, which could use either humans or algorithms to chose stories from outlets that are “broadly trusted” by society.

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Google employees call for removal of rightwing thinktank leader from AI council

Staffers criticized the appointment of Heritage Foundation president Kay Coles James in a letter published on Monday

A group of Google employees have called for the removal of a rightwing thinktank leader from the company’s new artificial intelligence council, citing her anti-LGBT and anti-immigrant record.

Related: ‘Bias deep inside the code’: the problem with AI ‘ethics’ in Silicon Valley

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